Amihai Grosz, born in 1979 in Jerusalem, Israel, initially learned to play the violin at the age of 5, before switching to the viola at age 11. In Jerusalem, he was taught by David Chen, later by Tabea Zimmermann in Frankfurt and Berlin as well as in Jerusalem by Haim Taub, who had a formative influence on him. As early as 1996, he won 1st prize in the Braun Roger Siegel Competition of the University of Jerusalem. In 2007, he received the renowned Gottesman Prize for Viola in the Aviv Competition, the most prominent competition in Israel (comparable to the ARD Competition in Germany).
For Amihai Grosz, chamber music is the foundation of his work. In 1995, together with the other section leaders from the university orchestra of the Jerusalem Music Center, he founded the Jerusalem String Quartet, one of the most interesting young quartets around today. From the very beginning, the four musicians aimed to create a distinctive sound, to find a language with its own individual character.
Amihai Grosz works, in solo and in chamber music projects, with artists such as Yefim Bronfman, Emmanuel Pahud, Mitsuko Uchida, Oleg Maisenberg, Janine Jansen, Julian Rachlin and David Geringas; he performs in concert houses and at festivals all over the world, including at the Jerusalem Chamber Music Festival, Delft Festival, Salon Festival and Verbier Festival, at the BBC Proms, in the Bahnhof Rolandseck, at the Utrecht International Chamber Music Festival, at Spectrum Concerts Berlin and at the West Cork Chamber Music Festival.
Amihai Grosz plays a Gaspar-da-Salo viola from the year 1570, which is a lifelong loan made available to him by a private collection.
Photo by Edith Held
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